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PSG sign Digne from Lille

July 17, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Paris Saint-Germain have continued their summer spending spree by completing a deal for Lille left-back Lucas Digne.

Lucas Digne Lille
PA PhotosDigne has emerged as one of the most highly rates defenders in French football.

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Digne, 19, has been courted throughout the summer by both PSG and Monaco, but it is the Ligue 1 champions who have won the race for the signature of one of French football's hottest properties just 24 hours after adding Edinson Cavani to their squad. French media reported the club from the capital had met Lille's €15 million asking price for the left-back.

"Lucas Digne, an immense hope of French football, recent winner of the Under-20 World Cup, courted by the biggest clubs, has chosen Paris Saint-Germain to establish himself on the European stage," Nasser Al Khelaifi, PSG president, said in a statement. "We're particularly happy to welcome a young French player into our team."

As reported earlier on Wednesday, Digne, who established himself in the first team at Lille only last season, has signed a five-year contract at the Parc des Princes.

"To play at PSG with exceptional players is a childhood dream and an immense joy," Digne, who was pictured alongside managing director Jean-Claude Blanc signing his contract, stated on the club's website. "With the World Cup, I'm having a fantastic summer. I thank the directors of the club for their confidence."